New Law Defends Emergency Room Nurses 9/13/13
CBS 7 News
September 13, 2013
ODESSA-Assaults on Emergency Room nurses have been a growing issue in the state of Texas that a law has been made to prevent it.
The new law took effect on September 1, 2013, and it states that an assault on a nurse will now be charged as a “Class-3 Felony,” making it the same as assaulting a police officer.
Many nurses whom I spoke with today, say the new law makes them feel more secure.
Emergency room nurses not only deal with sick patients, but also violent ones.
Levi Stone, the Chief of Nurses at ORMC, says he sees violence escalate in the emergency room often, and it manifests in various forms.
“It’s not always the patient the one doing the assaulting, but typically it’s that from the outside community visiting a patient. They may perhaps be disgruntle, [have] family issues, there’s a variety of things that can escalate violence in not only the ER, but in the hospital,” said Stone.
Many might not be aware that not only nurses, but all medical professionals put their lives on the line and it's time that they're protected equally.
"I think this law provides a good segue into what we need to see further down the line with all medical professionals offered that same protection," said Stone.
Although Stone’s nurses aren't assaulted on a daily basis, the threat is there and he hopes that this new law will reduce the number of assaults, not only at his hospital but also at all the hospitals in Texas.
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